P&S Journal: Fall 1995, Vol.15, No.3
Alumni News and Notes
Alumni Class Notes
Family and P&S Ties
When these family members get together, they have more than family to talk about. All are P&S alumni. Ellen Guthrie'84 is surrounded by fellow alumni, from left, brother Gordon P. Guthrie Jr.'70, husband Robert B. Westerman'84, uncle George F. Cahill Jr.'53, and cousin Peter duPont Cahill'83.
Although close to the age of 97, William Snow writes, with a steady hand, to say that he keeps up with the medical literature, still writes short, original papers, and has put some of his poems into book form, titled "Rhymes and Lines from a Cardboard Dad."
As he has done for the past 24 years, Alexander Fisher of New York City continues writing a monthly article for "Cutis."
Stephen Mills has retired from the pediatrics section at the Mayo Clinic and is now doing volunteer work at the clinic and at Meals on Wheels in Rochester, Minn.
On April 11, 1995, John Lattimer participated in a face-to-face debate on the issue: "Who Killed Lincoln-Booth or the Doctors?" The debate was precipitated by an article in the February issue of American Heritage by Dr. Richard Fraser, a New York neurosurgeon, who received his residency training at P&S. Dr. Fraser claims to have unearthed persuasive evidence that Lincoln's doctors must share the blame with Booth's derringer, that the president might have lived without the doctors' treatment. Dr. Lattimer, a ballistic expert who has studied Lincoln's assassination extensively, believes the gun killed Lincoln.
Thomas Cone, a pediatrician in Lincoln, Mass., retired from the active staff of Boston Children's Hospital about
eight years ago. However, he remains active as a teacher at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. His
students range in age from about 65 to the late 80s.
Archie Fletcher was one of the honored guests at the Miraj (India) Medical Centre Centennial Celebration in November 1994. Support for the medical center has come from Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, which has sponsored the hospital throughout its 100-year history, the Worldwide Ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and grants from USAID.
Curtiss Cummings writes that he is still on his feet, although with limited activities due to previous injuries that put him on the permanent disability retired list of the U.S. Navy. However, he looks forward to each day with anticipation and enjoyment....A note from Richard Gould of Hilton Head Island, S.C., indicates that despite some heart problems from which he has made a full recovery, he can still play golf but finds his handicap is climbing.
Marvin Klemes is a human relations management consultant and former vice president of the Management and Health Development Corp. in Century City and associate consultant of Creative Management Systems in Santa Barbara. Dr. Klemes has a private psychiatric practice in Beverly Hills and is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA....Albert Stunkard received the (Belgian) Order of Leopold II and is working on an obesity study in Prague.
Russell Boles continues to practice gastroenterology and internal medicine in Osterville on Cape Cod. He was invited to join the Lahey Hitchcock Clinic staff in Boston and makes the trip once a week.
Harvey Pastel continues to be fully active in his general surgical practice, which includes laparoscopic surgery. He has four children and three grandchildren and notes that his tennis game is better than ever.
Anne Davis continues working full time on the faculty of NYU and at Bellevue Hospital in pulmonary/critical care medicine. She also finds time to be involved in the New York Lung Association, the American Thoracic Society, and the Berwick Boys' Foundation, a summer camp on the rugged Maine coast for underprivileged city boys. The camp was founded by her husband, Dr. Walter Wichern. ...After receiving his 45th reunion photo, John Wood of Yardley, Pa., writes that "except for Judy Sulzberger and Jim Malm, the collective group seems somewhat older than the group I knew."
Livingston Parsons is retired from surgery but remains clinical professor of surgery at the New Mexico School of Medicine, surgical consultant for the New Mexico Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and president of New Mexico Board of
Robert Carlson, formerly of Norristown, Pa., has retired from his surgical practice and is now living in "paradise" in Key West, Fla. He says he does not miss the malpractice payments or the snow, ice, or sleet, but rather is enjoying the beautiful sunsets.
Marvin Sears is professor and former chairman of ophthalmology and visual science, a department he created at Yale. He was awarded a MERIT grant by the NIH for his research, and an endowed chair in his name was established in 1993 by his grateful patients.
Louis Healey was named a master of the American College of Rheumatology at its national meeting in November 1994. Dr. Healey is clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.... Chalmers Loughridge and three of his colleagues in private practice were instrumental in establishing The American College of Emergency Physicians in 1978. He retired in 1989 from active practice of emergency medicine at the Alexandria Hospital in Virginia and now writes a column for the Mount Vernon, Va., Civic Association Newsletter, plays and teaches golf, and "heckles" his wife, Reggie. They have been married 50 years.
Paul Adams of Louisville, Ky., is visiting professor of child and adolescent psy-
chiatry at the University of
Tennessee-Memphis. He has a busy practice in psychiatry and recently edited three sections of the "Handbook of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry" that will be published this year by John Wiley and Sons....John Schullinger was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award at the P&S commencement exercises in May. The award is given in recognition of demonstrated expert and compassionate patient care and for serving as a humanistic caring role model for medical students, young physicians in training, and colleagues. Dr. Schullinger is president of the P&S Alumni Association.
Robert Montroy writes that he returned from a month's teaching trip to a training school in southwest China. The school's purpose is to train rural doctors of the People's Republic of China-formerly known as "barefoot"
doctors-in Western medicine. Most of the doctors had only a primary school education, others only a few weeks or as long as six months in medical "education." He said it was challenging to talk about "burn shock" when the students barely understood the vascular system.
Robert Ambrose has retired after 19 years in private practice of urology and 14 years as senior vice president of medical affairs at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He and his wife, Natalie, are now living in Hilton Head, S.C. ...Norman Ertel has been appointed to the editorial board of the Turkish Journal of Medical Science and is endocrinology editor of the
Journal of the New Jersey Medical Society. He has been board-certified in geriatrics.
Stephen Malawista received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology at its national scientific meeting last fall. Along with Alan Steer'69, he was instrumental in the discovery of Lyme disease. He also has contributed to basic understanding of inflammation in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Malawista is professor of medicine at Yale, where he has been chief of rheumatology for 21 years.
Lester Baker was named Outstanding Clinician in Diabetes for 1994 by the American Diabetes Association. He is professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Diabetes Center for Children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.... Mortimer Civan, professor of physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded his second NIH grant to support studies on aqueous humor formation, a recent area of interest for him....Frank Davidoff, senior vice president for education of the American College of Physicians since 1987, has been named editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Before going to the ACP, he held faculty appointments at Harvard, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
Helen Redman, professor of radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern, has been elected president of the Radiological Society of North America for 1995. She is also president of the Texas Radiological Society and is the first woman to head either organization. She is also first vice president for Radiology
Centennial Inc. and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology....In addition to his responsibilities as senior vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Merck & Co., where he is in charge of all U.S. medical activities for Merck, Lou Sherwood is president of the American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel. He also finds time to serve as his P&S class representative.
George Paris has just completed a term as president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic &
Reconstructive Surgery. The society monitors the teaching of this discipline in virtually every major medical school throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He is clinical professor of ophthalmology at Stanford.
William Arend, professor of medicine and head of the divi
sion of rheumatology at the University of Colorado in
Denver, was selected by the American College of Rheumatology as editor of its journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism, from 1995 to 2000....Rolf Barth was one of
six recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award given by Ohio State University's medical center. Dr. Barth is an expert and researcher in neutron capture therapy to treat primary and metastatic brain tumors.
Avrum Bluming was elected to mastership in the American College of Physicians in 1994. The winter edition of P&S erroneously stated he was elected to membership.... William Mattern, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina, is working with the Association of American Medical Colleges in establishing a national curriculum and database modeled after one he organized at his medical school.
Robert Lefkowitz, the James B. Duke professor of medicine at Duke University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Laboratories there, is one of 50 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Charles Hodge continues to chair neurosurgery at SUNY-Syracuse and is on the editorial board of Neurosurgery and
the Journal of Neurosurgery. He has returned from a sabbatical in Egypt and Israel.
Stephen Hefler has been elected president of Physicians
Healthcare Associates New Jersey, a 5,000-physician PPO in New Jersey, which will become the medical component of Justcare, a non-profit health care cooperative for collaboration between purchasers and sellers. He is also president and medical director of the Princeton Individual Practice Association.
Richard Fraioli completed his term as chief of the medical staff at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif....Lynne Johnson writes that she has the unique distinction of having directed three nuclear cardiology laboratories. After 18 years at
CPMC, she moved to the University of Alabama and then this past fall to the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence to direct the nuclear cardiology lab.
Robert Schmidt was made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at its
annual meeting in Atlanta in February 1995. He received the honor for his work in gerontology, hematology, and preventive medicine....Sally Severino received the 1994 "Wholeness of Life" Award from The Hospital Chap-laincy in recognition of
her attention to the whole person in her work at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center's psychiatry department.
Robert Schmidt '70
Collin Weber has been appointed the William C. McGarity Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. Dr. Weber specializes in endocrine surgery, with research focused on pancreatic and islet cell transplantation.
Robert Stanton has a practice in orthopedics in Fairfield, Conn. He is also a physician for the U.S. ski team and joined the team in Europe this past January. ...Lionel Weeks states that even though he graduated in 1973, his allegiance has always been to the Class of '72 so he has switched back to that class. Dr. Weeks practices orthopedic surgery in Salt Lake City.
Yvonne Thornton's book, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters," has been published by Birch Lane Press. The book recounts the strong role her father played in her life and that of her sisters, and how, with his encouragement, they all succeeded in life. Two became doctors, one a dentist, one a lawyer, one a nurse, and one a court stenographer. Dr. Thornton is director of the Perinatal Diagnostic Testing Center at Morristown Memorial and an associate physician at Rockefeller University. She and her husband, Shearwood McClelland'74, associate clinical professor of orthopedics and acting director of orthopedics at Harlem Hospital, live in Teaneck, N.J....Daniel Von Hoff presented the Ken Bagshawe Lecture at the 1995 meeting of the British Association for Cancer Research/Association of Cancer Physicians in Nottingham, England. Dr. Von Hoff is director of research at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center
in San Antonio, Texas. His major interest is the development of new anti-cancer agents both in the laboratory and in the clinic.
Gregory Fisher is chief of plastic and reconstructive hand surgery and microsurgery at Buena Park Medical Center and the Surgical Center of Los Alamitos.
Steven Gambert has been named professor and acting chairman of medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla. He specializes in geriatrics and endocrinology.
Jay Lefkowitch has had a very rewarding year. He received the sixth Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for distinguished teaching in the clinical years at P&S commence-
ment in May; the Gender Equity Award from AMWA; and the Teacher of the Year award from the second-year class at P&S (Class of 1997). And, the fifth edition of "Liver Biopsy Interpretation," which he co-authored with Peter Scheuer, was published by W.B. Saunders. In his spare time, Jay is writing the music and libretto for an operatic adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's book, "Rebecca."
Jack Gorman has become deputy director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute....Mark Rubin is assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University and fellowship director for Boston University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship in Mental Retardation. His wife, Aura, is finishing her Ph.D. degree in psychology at Northeastern University.
After 14 years at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Theresa Kudlak and her husband, Matthew Pederson, have moved to Portland, Maine, where she joined a four-person anesthesia group at 120-bed Brighton Medical Hospital. They have
two children, and she writes that life is good outside of New York City.
Paul Dolinsky is clinical instructor of medicine at the University of Connecticut and Yale University and president-elect of the Connecticut Society of Internal Medicine. His wife, Karen, is enrolled in a master's of nursing program at the University of Hartford. They have two daughters. ...Richard Hotes has had a practice in anesthesiology in New Britain, Conn., for the past 12 years. He has two children, ages 17 and 12....Olivia Serdarevic was a member of an FDA panel of experts that recommended the government approve the nation's first laser device to correct nearsightedness, provided it meets strict safety guidelines. Dr. Serdarevic is former director of the cornea service at New York Hospital and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Paris.
Gloria Wu, a Boston ophthalmologist, has completed a textbook, "Retina, The Fundamentals," published by W.B. Saunders. She has two young daughters.
Mary Hawke, a cardiologist, left academic medicine and joined a private practice in southeastern Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Bill, an allergist, and their two children.
Dominic Tong lives in Los
Angeles. He and his wife, Kathy, have a son, Harrison.
Jonathan Aviv, director of head and neck surgery and Irving Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at P&S, and his colleague, John Martin, have developed a new device to measure sensory loss in the throat. The patient's response to a puff of air of varying duration and intensity, delivered through a fiber optic endoscope, allows doctors to assess any loss of sensation in the throat. This is particularly important in elderly patients following stroke who are at risk of developing aspiration pneumonia....Elba Pacheco is at the Wilmer Ophthalmolo-gical Institute in Baltimore and is chief of ophthalmology for Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corp., where she administers a full-risk ophthalmology carve-out capitation covering approximately 80,000 people on behalf of the medical school....Joseph Russo is attending anesthesiologist at Huntington Hospital on Long Island. He and his wife, Ginny, have three daughters.
William DeMayo is co-director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Gaylord Hospital, a rehabilitation center in Wallingford, Conn. He and his wife, Laurie, have two boys and a girl born Jan. 13, 1995.
Elizabeth Poynor, a fellow in gynecological oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, married Dr. Wellington Tichenor Jan. 7, 1995. Dr. Tichenor is an allergist and clinical instructor of medicine at New York Medical College,
where he received his medical degree.
Richard Braunstein completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at the Wilmer Ophth-almological Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital and is now practicing in New York at CPMC and Lenox Hill Hospital. He and his wife, Amy, live in Great Neck with their son, Andrew....After working as a hospital-based pediatrician in Oakland, Calif., Ann Thomas has started work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service on a two-year fellowship in epidemiology.
Stuart Goldstein is in his second year of a pediatric nephrology fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston....Polly Kanganis is working in obstetrics and gynecology with a private practice group in Bronxville, N.Y., where she practices out of Lawrence Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old son.
Stuart Kaplan completed a residency training program at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.,
and is now at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Joseph DeRose, a resident in general surgery at CPMC, was married in May 1995 to Marielaina Sundo. Dr. Sundo received her M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical School in June 1995 and has started her residency training in internal medicine at CPMC. ...Michael Glickman and Deborah Korenstein'94, both residents in internal medicine in Boston, have married. Deborah is at the Beth Israel Hospital and Michael at Massachusetts General Hospital....Rowland Wu and his wife, Monica, who live in Belmont, Mass., have a son, Connor Bernard, born in November 1994....Tom Yeich is in Bahrain, where he is flight surgeon for the U.S. Navy. He writes that he is the local aeromedical expert, although most of his time is spent in a busy general clinic.
David Joseph and Kathie-Ann Ramsay were married May 27, 1995. Kathie-Ann is a resident in general surgery at NYU Medical Center and David is an orthopedic surgical resident at CPMC.
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